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Kmart drops cost of flu shot to $10

BY Jim Frederick

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. In a preemptive strike at the opening of the mid-winter flu season, Kmart Corp. has dropped the price of an in-store flu shot to $10 at most of its roughly 1,100 pharmacies.

The discount-priced flu shots will be offered in most stores with remaining flu vaccine supply while supplies last, the company said. The price in California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming may be slightly higher due to state regulations.

“Flu season is in full swing, and it can strike at any time, so we are lowering prices to encourage more people to do what they can to protect themselves,” said Mark Doerr, vice president of Kmart Pharmacy. “While the flu season has not been as severe as some recent years, the latest CDC updates report that flu activity is on the rise.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season can last until May, Kmart noted.

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RILA to hold conference on environmental sustainability and compliance

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. The Retail Industry Leaders Association on Monday announced its plan to hold the first-ever comprehensive retail conference devoted to issues of environmental sustainability and compliance, to be held Sept. 22 through 24 in Dallas.

“This exciting event will bring together America’s leading retailers who are committed to sustainable causes worldwide,” stated RILA president Sandy Kennedy. ”We are proud to be the first to bring the retail industry and its partners together to address an issue of great importance to both retailers and consumers.”

The event will feature representatives of all major retail segments and will include manufacturer and service supplier participants. The program will address the major operational aspects of sustainability and environmental compliance for retail, including supply chain, operations, real estate and development issues, through a series of general and breakout sessions featuring the industry’s leaders.

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Fred’s chosen as Mississippi Drug Card Program preferred pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. The Mississippi Drug Card Program selected Fred’s as the preferred pharmacy for its statewide discount prescription drug program, the Memphis Business Journal reported Tuesday. The preferred status enables state residents without Internet access to receive the program discounts simply by walking into a Fred’s pharmacy and mentioning the Mississippi Drug Card Program.

“This truly is the first program of its kind,” stated Mississippi Drug Card Program director, Lila Cedotal, in announcing the program last month. “This program can help every resident in Mississippi, even those with health coverage.”

Mississippi residents are able to redeem their prescription drug cards and receive savings of up to 75 percent at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies, the program states on its website www.mississippidrugcard.com, including Rite Aid, Walgreens, Winn-Dixie and K-Mart.

The Mississippi Drug Card was launched Dec. 12 to help the uninsured and under insured people of Mississippi afford their prescription medications, stated United Networks of America, which administers the program. However, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs.

The Mississippi Drug Card can also be used by those individuals who do not qualify for public funded programs and by people who receive their medicines through charity care providers.

The free prescription card is available online for everyone in Mississippi by simply going to eh Web site and printing a card. The card is also being given out by some hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics.

United Networks of America has set up similar programs in New York, California, Texas, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, Colorado and Tennessee, UNA reported.

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